Event

Your Country is Lying to You - With Ian Cobain

Sunday 28 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
12 - 1pm
£8 / £80 weekend ticket

Since the first Official Secrets Act of 1889 was passed, a culture of secrecy has flourished within Britain and successive governments have been selective about what they choose to share with the public.

In The History Thieves, former investigative journalist for The Guardian Ian Cobain uses previously unseen material and rigorous research to demonstrate how a complex bureaucratic machine has allowed governments to evade accountability and their secrets to be buried. From unreported wars fought during the 1960s and 70s, to convenient loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act, this event will question what you thought you understood about the workings of the state, and our nation’s culture and past.

‘An astonishing book' -- Andrew Marr, BBC Radio 4

WEEKEND TICKET: Purchase a ticket for all three days of the City of Literature weekend for £80! Call the box office on 01603 766400.

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About Ian Cobain

Ian Cobain was born in Liverpool in 1960. He has been a journalist since the early 1980s and is currently an investigative reporter with The Guardian. His inquiries into the UK's involvement in torture since 9/11 have won a number of major awards, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism. He has also won several Amnesty International media awards. Cobain lives in London with his wife and two children.

The History Thieves by Ian Cobain review – how Britain covered up its imperial crimes (Guardian 2016)

Rewriting the Past: from Empire to ivory (BBC R4 on iPlayer, Nov 2016)

The History Thieves review: Keeping shtum in defence of the realm (Irish Times, Oct 2016)